Blog Posts by Anne T. Donahue

  • 5 Canadian TV shows we want rebooted

    As you may or may not know, Canadian treasure Ryan Reynolds was hit by a car this weekend (driven by a member of the paparazzi), but he’s fine. It’s OK. In fact, it’s so OK that Reynolds won’t talk to the CBC about it unless they promise to bring back “Beachcombers.” (Which was a long-running CBC comedy that went off-air in 1990.)

    And honestly, we’d be fine with that. Just like we’d be fine with an “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” reunion, as tweeted by former star Ross Hull (currently a meteorologist at Global Toronto), and airing on ET Canada on Monday, April 13.

    So give us more reunions. Or more specifically, give us more Canadian TV reunions. And not just any Canadian TV shows: the best ones. Or, as they’re known around my kitchen, where I’m currently sitting, the ones I watched religiously.

    “Student Bodies,” 1997-1999

    Frankly, we deserve to see Cody, Emily, and the

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  • Dear One Direction fandom: We’ll get through this

    Zayn Malik at the 2014 American Music Awards (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)Zayn Malik at the 2014 American Music Awards (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

    Dear One Direction fandom,

    Well, you did it. You’ve completed the first seven days of your favourite band member (and/or band member you liked and/or band member you just wanted to stick around) not being in your favourite band. You didn’t think you could do it, but you did. And now comes the slow, steady release of gossip and drama associated with all relationship endings and celebrity stuff. 

    It’s a cake walk, I promise.

    The first thing to remember during this difficult time is that Zayn — our dear, wonderful beloved Zayn — is a grown-ass man. He’s 22, he’s in love with a girl named Perrie Edwards, and, no matter how much it means to us, One Direction was basically his first job. By the time I was 22, I’d already had five jobs, and nobody cared when I quit any of them. Thus, at some point, somebody had to quit One Direction. They had to. Because otherwise they’d be that guy you worked with when you were 15 who you still see at the restaurant you were a host and/or hostess at. And

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  • Who can replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'?

    Monday night, the unthinkable happened: Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving "The Daily Show" after 15 years at the helm.

    "This show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you," Stewart said in the broadcast. "It's been the honour of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, hate-watching it, whatever reason you're tuning in for."

    So while Stewart's last show will reportedly come "later this year," that's literally all the information we know -- including who will take over his job. Back in 1999, the current "Daily Show" host took over from Craig Kilborn, which (of course) got us thinking: who could take Stewart's place? Had this happened a year ago, John Oliver or Larry Wilmore would have been obvious choices, but now that those two are kicking in on their own shows ("Last Week Tonight" and "The Nightly Show," respectively), the situation is a little less clear cut.

    ..

    Samantha Bee
    Why she could: Samantha Bee has been a cast member of "The Daily

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  • Presenting: your Grammys 2015 drinking game

    LL Cool J at the Grammy rehersals on Feb. 5, obviously wearing a hat. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)LL Cool J at the Grammy rehersals on Feb. 5, obviously wearing a hat. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
    One week after the Super Bowl and one week before “SNL’s” 40th anniversary, we’ve got Biggest Night in Music (at least according to CBS): The Grammys.

    Starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 8, industry royalty will descend upon the Staples Center, listen to jokes by host LL Cool J (and his hat), and watch no less than 45 performers.

    And that’s all well and good, but we have something better. In the spirit of our Golden Globes drinking game from 2013, we have this: our Grammys drinking game from 2015, open only to readers of legal drinking age (unless of course you’re drinking water or juice, then chug away). 

    Here we go!

    - Take a drink every time LL Cool J says, “This next performer…”

    - Take a drink every time you see LL Cool J’s hat

    - Refill your glass and drink the entire thing if LL Cool J changes his hat

    - Every pun, take a drink

    - Every “pause for laughter” moment, take a drink

    - Refill and chug if Taylor Swift is shown during Katy Perry’s performance

    - Refill and chug if Katy

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  • 5 pregnant lady tropes 'The Mindy Project' can help abolish

    Warning: this post contains spoilers about the February 3 episode of "The Mindy Project." Read at your own risk.

    There aren't enough spoiler warnings in the world: Mindy Lahiri of "The Mindy Project" is pregnant. (The character. Not the actor/writer/showrunner/creator with the last name Kaling.)  In fact, Kaling told Entertainment Weekly that a Danny-Mindy baby had been in the works since season 1.

    "We always like doing things out of order for Danny (Chris Messina) and Mindy, since they are a couple that, on paper, shouldn't work," she reminded.

    Which is true. Mindy and Danny couldn't be more opposite, which makes this particular venture pretty interesting. Also, because she hasn't told him about the precnancy yet (and will do so in next week's episode, "Dinner at the Castellanos.")

    But what makes this TV baby a little different than most is Kaling's approach to her character's pregnancy. 

    "Pregnant Mindy is the most fun version of her yet," she explained. "This is not a woman who

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  • There's only one word to describe last night's 'Scandal': REALLY?!

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    Warning: this post contains spoilers for the January 29 episode of "Scandal." You've officially been warned.

    After a two-month (a.k.a. seemingly endless) wait, last night's "Scandal" finally revealed who kidnapped Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) back in November. As in: we physically saw them -- but we still have absolutely no idea who they are.

    No, really. After an hour seeing Olivia in a holding cell, ruining her bra, and having dreams of making jam while being married to the President (who, in this sequence, was just the mayor of their small-town Vermont town), we learn only that Olivia has been kidnapped by guys who'll use her for ransom. That's it. That's all we know. 

    Really?! (Yes.) And, after watching Olivia eventually escape only to realize she's been kept in a dressed-up warehouse this whole time, we have a few other aspects of this episode we'd like to get a little upset about.

    The kidnappers use a 20-second window to kidnap Olivia when she has somebody over instead of

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  • They're making a 'Limitless' TV show: 5 other movie-to-television ideas that should never be made

    If you were a fan of the 2011 movie "Limitless" -- about a guy (played by Bradley Cooper) whose dreams come true once he starts taking magical medicine -- then this one's for you.

    Variety reports that Cooper will be heading behind the camera as the executive producer a TV series of the same name. However, unlike the movie, television's "Limitless" will follow a man who stumbles upon the drug and is then coerced by the FBI to use it to help the FBI solve crimes (instead of just getting rich, the way Cooper's character did in the movie). This is also CBS's second movie they'll be drawing from, having ordered a pilot based on "Rush Hour" earlier this week.

    Which of course means we're inspired to pitch our own movies-turned-TV-shows (that have no business being made). I mean, if "Limitless" can become a television series, then why can't...


    "Mortdecai"

    Network: BBC America, 1 hr
    Like a moustachioed and incompetent Columbo, Mortdecai will spend 45 minutes every week bumbling around a crime

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  • Why it will be OK if 'Grey's Anatomy' splits up Meredith and Derek

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    According to "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, it's "probable" that Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) will be gone from Seattle for a while. Since the mid-season finale ended with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) actually telling him to leave, to take a position in Washington, D.C., and leave Grey Sloan Memorial behind, it's maybe even probable that Mer and Der could just (gasp!) divorce.

    And you know what? It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

    "We end them in a fairly dark place," Rhimes reminded Entertainment Weekly last week. "He's walking away and she's sort of pushed him out the door. It's like, call someone's bluff and push them out the door. He's having a hard time, she's having a hard time with this."

    Which is why Derek and Meredith as a forever-couple is perhaps not the greatest idea. First, if they wanted to be together, why wouldn't he have stayed in Seattle? (And/or why wouldn't she have gone along to D.C.?)

    Second, it's self-destructive behaviour like this that hasn't

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  • 5 ideas for future 'American Horror Story' seasons

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    Wednesday night marked the season finale of "American Horror Story's" fourth season, "American Horror Story: Freakshow." And now, creator Ryan Murphy doesn't exactly have many more places he can go. Sure, all four seasons are reportedly tied together, and International Business Times believes next season may deal with nuclear fallout. But if not, what can happen next?

    That's where we come in. Here are five pitches for "American Horror Story: Season 5." See also: if you take any of these, Mr. Murphy, please pay accordingly.

    "American Horror Story: Retail"
    A store manager with a strange affinity for folding shirts just so (played by, of course, Jessica Lange) becomes more mysterious when it's revealed that regardless of what store she works in, her staff always remains the same. (Extra fear will be injected into each episode with the appearance of at least one customer who tries to make a return without a receipt.)

    "American Horror Story: High School Reunion"
    After ten years away, a young

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  • Is a few seconds of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 worth the hype?

    Does the new 'GoT' teaser make you want to dance? (Tumblr)Does the new 'GoT' teaser make you want to dance? (Tumblr)
    Yesterday, the Internet collapsed on itself when “Game of Thrones” released a preview for the series’ upcoming IMAX screenings. But not because of the preview itself (although it is admittedly very compelling). Because, buried at the end of the clip, was roughly three seconds of footage from Season 5 (which premieres on April 12 on HBO). 

    Observe (remark, and absorb):

    And hey: not to spoil anything, but Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) emerges from a box. A box! Was this emergence of his own doing? Is he smuggling himself somewhere in order to bring down any and all existing enemies? Or is this retribution following — SPOILER ALERT — Tywin’s death in Season 4? Ultimately, it’s less a box then a vessel for opportunity. Which explains the hype. That, and because “Game of Thrones” is a show worthy of it.

    And it’s not alone. “GoT” is far from the only series that amps up the masses for upcoming appointment viewing. “The Walking Dead” released its Season 5 trailer yesterday, as well, offering a

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